Jennifer Gareis

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Jennifer Gareis
Beauty pageant titleholder
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Gareis attending the second issue release of "Girls Gone Wild Magazine" Party at Les Deux, Hollywood, June 4, 2008
Born Jennifer Lynne Gareis
(1970-08-01) August 1, 1970 (age 45)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Title(s) Miss New York USA 1994
Miss USA 1994 (top six)
Spouse Bobby Ghassemieh (m. 2010)
Children 2

Jennifer Lynne Gareis (born August 1, 1970) is an American actress and former beauty queen. She is best known for her roles as Grace Turner on The Young and the Restless and as Donna Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Private life[edit]

Gareis was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, where she majored in accounting and was an All-American Swimmer, and J.P. McCaskey High School of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

She is of part Italian descent.[1] Her great-grandmother Sebastiana Tringali came from Militello in Val di Catania, and the city gave her the honorary citizenship.[2]

On June 11, 2010 Gareis gave birth to her first child, son Gavin Blaze Gareis Ghassemieh.[3][4]

In January 2012 it was announced that Gareis was expecting her second child in the upcoming summer. On June 29, Gareis gave birth to a girl who she named Sophia Rose Gareis Ghassemieh.[5]


Gareis competed in her first beauty pageant in 1992 when she placed second runner-up at Miss Pennsylvania USA. She later competed in New York, winning the Miss New York USA 1994 title, and representing New York in the Miss USA 1994 pageant held in South Padre Island, Texas on February 11, 1994. Gareis placed in the top six of the nationally televised pageant, which was won by Lu Parker of South Carolina.[6]

Gareis later began an acting career and landed the role of Grace Turner on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, which she played from 1997 to 2000 and again in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2014. She is best known for her current role as Donna Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful, a role she has held since July 2006. She was taken off contract in late 2014. She was ranked #90 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces Unknown uncredited
1997–2004, 2014 The Young and the Restless Grace Turner Contract role: 1997–1999, Recurring role: 2000–2002, 2004, 2014
1997 Private Parts Coed
1997 Lifebreath Elevator Woman
1998 Enough Already Unknown
2000 Gangland Sarah
2000 Luckytown Sugar
2000 The 6th Day Virtual Girlfriend
2000 Miss Congeniality Tina
2001 College Try Christine
2001 Diagnosis: Murder Thalia Roselawn Episode: "Less Than Zero"
2001 Downward Angel Woman
2001 Feather Pimento Woman in Green Short
2001 What Boys Like Brooke
2002 Air Strike Charlie
2002 Boat Trip Sheri
2005 Veronica Mars Cheyenne Episodes: "Leave It to Beaver" and "A Trip to the Dentist"
2005 Venus on the Halfshell Honey O'Hara
2006–present The Bold and the Beautiful Donna Logan Contract role: July 20, 2006–present
2006 Escape Ecstatic Blonde Short
2007 Panic Button Susan
2014 Infernal Sarah[7]


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Preceded by
Wendy Mock
Miss New York USA
Succeeded by
Shanna Moakler